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The vegetably-monikered musicians boast a decidedly uplifting sound all their own, a sound produced by carefully combining funk, blues and psychedelic rock. Tunes include "In My Head," "Sleep" and "Chameleon Man."

Anyhow, the Dinosaur is only one of dozens of local bistros that will rock in the New Year on Friday. Pick your party and prepare to pucker up at the witching hour.

No alcohol and no dogs!

While we're reveling in bubbly beverages and crooning a maudlin "Auld Lang Syne," abstainers will admire balloons and colored lights starting at 5 p.m. at AmeriCU Credit Union's First Night at Onondaga Lake Park presented by the Burdick Family of Dealerships at Driver's Village.

First Nighters are invited to walk through Lights on the Lake, but don't forget: NO alcohol and NO dogs! And apparently NO legumes...

Despite the frigid clime, live music will be performed outdoors all evening from the NAPA Main Stage, culminating with a concert by Sean Kingston after the 9:30 p.m. reunion of local rock icon the Todd Hobin Band.

Kingston is a 20-year-old pop phenom who grew up in Jamaica where his father, known as Jack Ruby, is a successful reggae producer. Kingston started out as a rapper in Miami, Fla., before adopting a more melodic approach with his 2007 hit "Beautiful Girls." More recent singles include "Me Love," "Face Drop" and "Fire Burning."

At 11:59 p.m., former Syracuse University basketball star Gerry McNamara will push a button to activate the descent of an illuminated giant orange. At the stroke of midnight, the Wegmans fireworks display over Onondaga Lake will usher in 2011.

First Night tickets cost $5 in advance, $8 at the gate; ages 4 and younger free; 471-9597; firstnightcny.com.

'Lift the toddy'

However you spend New Year's Eve, you might impress family and friends by reciting these ageless words of wisdom by the late Westchester County poet Phyllis McGinley:

"Stir the eggnog, lift the toddy,

Happy New Year, everybody!"

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